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File Template Variables

A file template can contain variables, which are replaced by their values when the template is applied. A variable is a string that starts with a dollar sign ($) followed by the variable name. The variable name may optionally be enclosed in curly braces. For example: $MyVariable and ${MyVariable} are different notations of the same variable.

Predefined template variables

The following predefined variables can be used in file templates:




Current system date


Current day of the month


Dollar sign ($). This variable is used to escape the dollar character, so that it is not treated as a prefix of a template variable.


Caret position after you finish editing the variables


Current hour


Current minute


Current month


Full name of the current month (January, February, etc.)


First three letters of the current month name (Jan, Feb, etc.)


Name of the new entity (file, class, interface, and so on)


Name of the IDE (for example, PyCharm)


Name of the current project


Current system time


Login name of the current user


Current year

Custom template variables

Besides predefined template variables, it is possible to specify custom variables. If necessary, you can define the values of custom variables right in the template using the #set directive.

For example, if you want to use your full name instead of your login name defined through the predefined variable ${USER}, use the following construct:

#set( $MyName = "John Smith" )

If the value of a variable is not defined in the template, PyCharm will ask you to specify it when the template is applied.

Last modified: 21 November 2018